Environmental Defense Reviews

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  1. Intern

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    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Environmental Defense

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work-life balance, meaningful work, great atmosphere, opportunities to learn about other departments

    Cons

    I don't think people get promoted that often

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  2. Outstanding internship experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Environmental Defense

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Corporate culture with mission-driven work, multidisciplinary teamwork.

    Cons

    Recent transition and reorganization, not sure what things are like now


  3. Great organization with great people working for a great cause

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Environmental Defense full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent in communications and advocacy. A great place for professional development

    Cons

    Lack of diversity both in thought and background


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  5. Very strong people, mission, network, and commitment to results

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Environmental Defense full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Bright people, reasonable work-life balance, exciting projects, competitive compensation, entrepreneurial, taking cutting edges to solve the most difficult problems, has a diverse and helpful network that is used for fundraising but also advancing program goals, good focus on getting tangible, measurable environmental results, unusual discipline for a non-profit organization

    Cons

    Difficult to move up, some lack of transparency into management decisions, need to improve cross-programmatic work in some areas, tough to get a job, as it is a very competitive landscape with lots of applicants for almost every position that opens up


  6. Great company!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Environmental Defense

    Pros

    Wonderful culture and passionate people

    Cons

    Somewhat elitist, can be hard to move up


  7. Great work environment with a powerful mission

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Environmental Defense full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Employees passionate about mission, supportive of work/life balance

    Cons

    Disorganized management, sometimes offices outside NY/DC feel "less than"

    Advice to Management

    Improving the voice of people in the organization beyond management


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    Great Place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Environmental Defense

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Environmental Defense is a great place to work for. The company does great stuff that is beneficial to future.

    Cons

    Environmental Defense is top heavy in some departments


  9. Helpful (1)

    Summer Internship - A great opportunity if you seek out your own challenges

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    Former Employee - Research Intern (Summer) in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Research Intern (Summer) in Austin, TX

    I worked at Environmental Defense

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    The Austin office has experts from a variety of backgrounds, including biology, engineering, economics, business, geology, and law. The office is very laid back (especially in the summer, I'm told) and work hours are flexible. Once you demonstrate that you are a serious employee, there are great opportunities to take on a prominent role in research. I was able to attend City Council hearings and meetings with other environmental groups, and my research was regularly used on official EDF business. Best of all, nearly everyone is friendly and engaging. I developed several valuable connections that have lead to promising job prospects--and not just in Austin. Highly recommended (especially at $12/hour)!

    Cons

    As a motivated and passionate person, the office was sometimes too laid back for my tastes. I found myself doing more work than some of my "bosses" on some occasions--not because I was told to work harder, but because they weren't as dedicated to producing results as myself. Also, make sure you actively try to seek out work that interests you. When I first arrived, they would have been more than happy to give me somewhat brainless tasks to be completed in my little office for the duration of the summer. But because I pushed and nagged until I got work that was engaging, they were more than happy to comply. I got the sense that the full-time employees didn't trust interns to be effective and dedicated, but once I proved to them that I was capable, they shoveled over a great deal of responsibility.

    Advice to Management

    Work your interns harder. I know many students sign up for an easy summer internship, but there is no reason you should humor them. EDF is working on a lot of important issues, and there are many engaging experts at the Austin office, so there is no excuse for interns not to spend the summer learning and working hard. Everyone benefits.


  10. Mix of large organization structure and mid-size office flexibility

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Environmental Defense

    Pros

    An excellent organization to work for in the areas where there is the largest funding. There is untapped potential in some areas that can be utilized more often, but the need goes to where the donations are greatest.

    Cons

    Sometimes, the executive management team focuses too much on a few individual contributors as compared to the team that took them to success.


  11. Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Environmental Defense full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I enjoyed my time at EDF. It's a positive work environment with a lot of collaboration and opportunities for growth. They made a strong effort for the whole staff to know about the programs and feel inspired about the mission.

    Cons

    There were very few cons! I had challenges with a manager for part of my time there, but was always able to turn to other staff as mentors.



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